Apple has added Face ID and Touch ID to iOS devices and some Mac devices to promote the use of strong passwords. Now, Apple is preparing to extend Apple Watch authentication, not just to unlock Macs.
At present, Apple has launched MacBook Pro with Touch ID and the latest MacBook Air. Users can authorize Apple Pay to pay through Touch ID authentication on the touch bar, automatically fill in user names and passwords, and (more advanced users) authenticate when using sudo commands in the terminal.
In addition, Apple Watch has become one of the mechanisms for Mac authentication. Apple has added Apple Watch to WatchOS 3 and MacOS Sierra to unlock the Mac. Users can access the Mac immediately without entering a password while wearing Apple Watch.
Starting with MacOS 10.15, Apple will further Apple Watch certification on Mac. According to sources familiar with macOS development, macOS 10.15 will be able to use Apple Watch to perform other authentication operations, not just unlock the Mac.
Although it is not clear what operations are supported, it is said that all operations currently authenticated with Touch ID can be implemented through Apple Watch, which includes password authentication and Apple Pay payment. Of course, users need to set authorization on watchOS in advance (similar to current Apple Pay confirmation) to use these functions.
Apple will announce the next major versions of macOS, iOS and watOS at the WWDC conference in June this year. At present, we have revealed some highlights of the new system for you. Please continue to pay attention to them.